Today, a high-profile €500M ($523M) multi-building high-rise office project that Epstein’s Warsaw office has been serving as Architect of Record for was given its official name, Varso, by its developers the HB Reavis Group. Located along the western section of ul. Chmielna in the heart of Warsaw’s business district, the Varso is a 3-building development that will feature a terraced design in which two lower buildings (19 & 21 stories respectively) designed by Hermanowicz Rewski Architects will culminate in a 53-story tower designed by Foster + Partners, which will make the Varso the tallest building in Central Europe.
Varso’s larger tower will feature a prominent spire as well as a publically accessible observation deck and restaurants on the 46th and 47th floors. The two lower office buildings will feature green roof terraces and also include ample public space, retail shops, restaurants and cafes. There will also be a 4 levels of underground parking in the development and to service a new bike path that runs nearby, the Varso will also provide storage space for 750 bicycles. The Varso development is also targeting BREEAM certification (the European equivalent of LEED) at the ‘Outstanding’ level and the building will include building systems that will help reduce energy consumption and water emissions.
In addition to HB Reavis and the architectural design services of HRA and Foster + Partners, the Varso consulting team that Epstein is collaborating with also includes BuroHappold Engineering (MEP, Structural), RS Architects (Landscape), Benoy Solutions (Interiors, Retail), Emmer Pfenninger (Façade), VDA (Vertical Transportation) and Sweco Consulting (BREEAM).
Lastly, Varso had its groundbreaking this past December and is scheduled to be completed in 2018.